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What to Know About the Cost of House Cladding

What to Know About the Cost of House Cladding

Cladding can not only weatherproof and insulate your home, but it can also add a sense of style and individuality. But if you’re looking to add new or replace old cladding on your home, how much can you expect to pay? This blog looks at the various factors that may affect the cost of cladding, as well as other aspects you may need to consider when researching your new cladding.

How Much Does it Cost to Put Cladding on a House?

The cost of cladding your home will depend on a wide variety of factors, from the size and location of your home to the material you choose.

What Aspects Affect the Cost of House Cladding?

As mentioned above, the cost of new cladding will depend on several different factors. These will include:

  • Cladding material – there are several different cladding materials from which you can choose, with each varying in price.

  • Quality of material – as well as different materials on offer, there will also be various qualities of cladding material. We would always recommend buying the best quality cladding your budget will allow.

  • Size and shape of building – the size of your home will obviously have an impact on the cost of cladding. The shape may also affect the cost in terms of labour, for example if your home is not square, has numerous walls or is an unusual shape, the labour cost may increase.

  • Location – the location of your home may also affect the cost of labour.

  • Preparatory work – you may find that if you are replacing old cladding some preparatory work may need to be done before your new cladding can be fitted. This will obviously add to the final cost of the project.

Types of Cladding

There are various types of cladding you can choose from.

  • Composite – composite cladding is fast becoming the most popular choice of material. It is long lasting, durable, and easy to maintain, as well as being sustainable. Composite cladding can also perfectly emulate real wood, providing you with the look of timber but without the hard work.

  • uPVC – uPVC cladding is another durable and easy to look after cladding material. However, it will not provide a wood-like appearance like composite cladding does.

  • Timber – timber is the most traditional type of cladding. Whilst it can look beautiful, it does require regular maintenance to retain its looks and ensure it is performing properly.

  • Fibre cement – Fibre cement cladding is another durable alternative to timber. It can imitate real wood but does not require the same level of maintenance, and is available in a range of colours, which makes it ideal for a more contemporary look.

  • Zinc and aluminium – metals are a more contemporary cladding choice, offering an eye-catching addition to the outside of your home. However, metals are the most expensive cladding option on the market.

How Much Will It Cost to Put Cladding on My House?

As mentioned above, the cost of cladding your home depends on myriad factors. The material, the quality, the size of your home, and labour will all have an impact on the final cost of your new cladding.

However, as a guide, National Plastics’ collection of PVC cladding ranges from £33 per 5m for white textured v-joint cladding, to £60 per 5m for anthracite grey woodgrain effect cladding, to £72 per 5m for our grey textured shiplap cladding*.

The style, the colour, and the finished effect will all have an impact on the cost of your new cladding.

Other Cost Factors to Consider When Installing Cladding

In addition to the cost of your cladding and the labour to install it, there are a few other cost factors to consider when preparing your budget.

  • Scaffolding – you may find that you require scaffolding if your home is two stories tall or more.

  • Support battens – if you are installing new cladding rather than replacing it, you may require support battens.

  • Insulation – you may require insulation to be fitted underneath your new cladding.

  • Skip – if you are replacing old cladding, you may need a skip in which to discard it.

  • Guttering and drainage – installing new cladding is a good time to review your guttering and drainage systems. You may find that your existing system has split or broken, or that it just looks old and worn next to your new cladding. Either way, this is the perfect time to replace it.

  • Treatments, paints, or stains – if you are installing wooden cladding you will need to consider the cost of treatments, paints, or stains, which are required to protect your new timber cladding.

Advantages of Cladding

You do not necessarily need cladding, but it does bring many benefits.

  • Protection – cladding provides an additional layer of protection to your home, protecting bricks from the elements.

  • Insulation – cladding can add an extra layer of insulation to your home, particularly if you install an insulating material underneath.

  • Low maintenance – cladding, particularly composite cladding, is extremely low maintenance, especially compared to bricks, which can often need replacing or regrouting.

  • Style – cladding comes in a wide range of designs and colours, allowing you to add style and character to your home.

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If you’re looking to replace your old cladding or would like to find out more about the many benefits of PVC cladding, call our expert team today on 0800 22 77 77.

*Prices correct as of May 2024. For updated prices, please contact National Plastics on 0800 22 77 77.



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